In 1992, an off-peak 1-zone (within the city of Seattle) Metro fare was 75 cents, and so was a short (8 oz) cup of drip coffee at Starbucks in Seattle (plus 8.2% sales tax). A First-Class postage stamp was 29 cents.
In 2019, Metro fare (no more zones/peak) is $2.75, a tall (short is said to be still available but not on menu) drip coffee is $2.25 (plus 10.1% sales tax). A First-Class postage is now 55 cents. In 27 years the total increase is 232 percent.
This increase outpaces the rate of inflation based on U.S. consumer price index by 56 percent.
Might it be because of compounding inflation? 3% inflation for two years will be more than 6% inflation over two years. Saying that, I don't trust the inflation numbers my government (Canadian) releases.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko